By: Melissa Ratliff
Stepping to the water’s edge, I dig my feet into the sand, twisting until they are completely covered. I wiggle my toes and feel each wet grain against my skin. I inhale the salty air, filling my lungs with its immeasurable vastness. Raising my arms, I spread my hands wide in an attempt to run my fingers through the wispy clouds that seem just out of reach. The crashing waves play like a long-lost symphony in my ears as my eyes focus on the endless shades of blue, green, and gray. I am the ocean and the ocean is me.